Thursday, June 02, 2011
Caution - Toxic
Nigel needs a varied diet - so I often find myself online looking at the list of foods that are safe for him. I thought it might be interesting to look at what's on the toxic list for all my guys and compile it into one post that will be easy to access:
Some things that are toxic to hedgehogs:
Tea Tree Oil - both the oil and anything like shampoo or conditioner that contains the oil
Grapes and Raisins
Ivermectin - this is a medication they use to treat mites in hedgehogs. Evidently there is much risk associated with its use and it is recommended that you choose another med called Revolution instead.
Nuts and seeds - not all that toxic from and internal perspective but they can get caught in the roof of the mouth and some hedgies cause themselves eye damage scratching at their faces to try to get it loose.
Dairy - although - it is safe to give very small quantities of yogurt once in awhile - they bacteria replenishes the hedgehog system.
Things that are toxic to ferrets:
Dairy - although goat's milk and cottage cheese seem to be okay
Licorice - we have had an episode with licorice - ugh
For the pup:
Grapes in high quantities
And last but not least - for the kitties:
People medication - Naproxin, Ibuprofen, Acetaminophen
Over use of flea and tick meds
Rat or mouse poison
Chemicals such as antifreeze, household cleaners and fertilizers